Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cumin & Chili Shrimp with Roasted Corn & Poblano Polenta

I love everything about cumin. The nutty, warm flavor it brings to each dish heightens the taste of every bite. The hubs tends to think that I add too much cumin when cooking sometimes but I just can't help myself.

When I came across this post from Elly Says Opa, I knew that it would become a favorite in our house. We really like trying new things with shrimp since it is healthy and so easy to prepare; and since discovering that polenta is really easy to make, we've been trying various versions ever since. The Mexican twist on the dish is fun and this would be a great meal to make the next time you have company over.

Cumin and Chili Shrimp with Roasted Corn and Poblano Polenta
from Elly Says Opa

For the shrimp:
Olive oil
1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 T cumin
1/2 T chili powder
1/2 T ancho chili powder

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Toss shrimp with cumin and both chili powders in large bowl. Add to skillet and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp is transparent and cooked through. Serve over polenta.

For the polenta:
1 poblano pepper
3/4 cup roasted corn
2 tsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2/3 to 2 cups chicken broth (depending on how thick you want the polenta)
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup Monterrey jack cheese
Salt and pepper

Over a gas burner or under your broiler, char the poblano on all sides, until the skin is blistery and black. Put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Once cooled, peel and dice.

Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat Add the garlic and stir until just fragrant. Stir in the chicken broth, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste; bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta – it will absorb the liquid almost immediately. Add the diced poblano and corn. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring frequently, until cooked, about 10-15 minutes.

Off the heat, stir in the cheese and reseason if necessary.

Serves 2


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